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Hello !

A newbie member, to FHUK.

Going to try to do a bit of researching of a family member on my husbands side...
We don't have a lot of information but we would love to see if we can somehow one day find him.

Our man is:
Benjamin Harton born approx 1814 in Leeds we think.
Died 1871 aged 57 in Victoria Australia
His parents names possibly James & Esther

The story handed down Benjamin left Britain, immigrated or as a convict (unknown) and spent his early years approx 13 years in Tasmania. Then landed on the mainland of Australia in the state of Victoria. We have not been able to find anything to confirm this information.

Benjamin married Pheobe Dale 1852 in Victoria
A Ship named the Palmera departed Plymouth 14 April 1848 and arrived Port Philip Bay Australia 19 July 1848 had a Phebe Dale aged 15 yrs travelling with a brother James and father William.

Benjamin and Pheobe had one child : William ( William Benjamin) born 1857, Victoria Australia

Benjamin and Phebe separated

Benjamin had a relationship with a Eliza Lewis they had 4 children all born in Victoria Australia
Esther born 1864
Thomas born1866
Emma born1868
Henrietta born 1873

We have been able to find some information about Benjamin in Australia but we have not been able to find out how Benjamin got to Australia/Tasmania and no details of his birth or parents in Britain....

So time to start my hunt.....

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